If you, like millions of Americans, have lost one or more teeth, you may be all very familiar with the unpleasant consequences. For majority of cases, missing teeth can lead to an unattractive smile, uncomfortable to chew and speak, embarrassment from loose dentures. Traditional dental treatments can give replacements for missing teeth using bridges, removable partials and dentures; however, each of these has its problems. Bridgework usually involves altering natural teeth to provide a stable foundation for support of replacement teeth. Partials and dentures can, at times, be very unstable leading to denture sores or speech difficulties.
Another little known problem associated with tooth loss is a process known as “atrophy,” a shrinking of the jawbone that can progress relentlessly over the year after you lost your teeth. Bone atrophy not only affects jaw function, but can cause adverse facial cosmetic changes.
Because of the remarkable advances in dentistry in recent years, dental implants offer an effective solution to many of these problems.


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